I’m not sure how many BakingBeardy readers are fans of Keeping up with the Kardashians (or those who share Beardy Fiance’s view of it – his guilty pleasure TV tends to involve a lot more fishing and hunting for gold. But I have noticed that there are quite a lot of family meals, and the mum Kris Jenner and oldest daughter Kourtney Kardashian frequently discuss meal plans and that they love cooking for their family. So when I heard that Kris Jenner had released a new cookbook, In the Kitchen with Kris, I was curious as to what foods, particularly those representing the Kardashian’s Armenian heritage, were in the cookbook.
There are definitely some Armenian nods (the rice pilaf dish), as well as other dishes which indicate the Kardashian’s California home – Pacific fish, grilled eggplants and lots of salad. There is also a surprising number of pasta dishes – many of which will be helpful to home cooks looking for quick and easy pasta dishes for weeknight dinners. The desserts are also good introductions to baking (as Jenner shares, she took an introductory cooking course when she was first married, at which she gathered a lot of her favourite desserts.) This book is really geared at a beginner cook, or someone who would like more ideas for easy family cooking.
Chocolate Brownies (from In the Kitchen with Kris)
400g granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
225g unsalted butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
125g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
112 ounces chocolate chips
Mix together the granulated sugar, eggs and vanilla extract.
Melt the unsalted butter and unsweetened chocolate over low heat and mix that into the sugar and eggs.
Mix in chocolate chips. Grease a brownie pan (I’d cover it with parchment paper – these can be quite sticky) and bake at 170C for about 25 minutes. Make sure that if you stick a fork into the brownies, it comes out clean. Allow to cool completely.
I received a free copy to review from Simon & Schuster, but all opinions are my own. This post does contain affiliate links!